West Ham remain in talks to sign William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 17/08/17 11:05am
West Ham remain in talks to sign William Carvalho but Sporting Lisbon are demanding a higher price for the midfielder, according to Sky sources.
The Portugal international is understood to want a move to the Premier League and has a £40m release clause in his contract.
Despite holding talks over the past two weeks, Sky Sports News understands Sporting will only sanction a deal to sell Carvalho if West Ham match the buy-out fee.
Sky Sports News also understands West Ham have had an opening offer turned down by Sporting for Carvalho, who was left out of the matchday squad for the 0-0 Champions League play-off first-leg draw against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday.
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The 25-year-old, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, is a product of the Sporting academy and has scored nine goals in 137 appearances since making his first-team debut in 2011.
Sporting have recently signed midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia as a potential replacement for Carvalho.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has made five major signings during the summer transfer window, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Sead Haksabanovic arriving at the London Stadium.